Former Managing Director of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) Carolyn Warren has disclosed that she recommended that the agency engage the services of Lenny Gordon, the head of Peak Energy Solutions, for work on a multi-million dollar project.
Peak Energy Solutions was paid more than $12 million for work, despite the absence of a contract.
This had raised questions, especially after it was revealed that Ms. Warren and Mr. Gordon were former co-workers at media entity Nationwide News Network.
On Wednesday, Ms Warren told Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) that she recommended Mr. Gordon for the job after the initial contractor expressed difficulty completing it.
"He...was not able to see the project through to the end 'cause he said he had work doing, so we needed to find somebody who could work along with him, who he could bring up to speed. I recommended Mr. Gordon because I knew the quality of his work," she said.
Ms. Warren also disclosed that Mr. Gordon established Peak Energy Solutions after he was engaged to help with the preliminary work on the project.
She said she was unaware whether Peak had been registered with the National Contracts Commission.
She explained that she did not seek to get this information because none of the 19 jobs on which the company was engaged surpassed the $2 million threshold.
Peak Energy Solutions eventually carried out work totalling more than $21 million.